Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

"Well c'mon Cinderella, we gotta get you ready for the ball!" - Dumb and Dumber

Every good Cinderella story contains a couple of things: a fat mouse, a pair of shoes, a nice old lady, a bunch of mean girls, a really naive person, a dude with money and a castle.

In this fairytale, Sean Caskey was the "wide-eyed Disney ingenue" who, for some reason, committed to doing the Dopey Challenge. What is the Dopey Challenge, you ask? Well a few years ago the folks down at Walt Disney World decided it would be cool to package their half marathon and marathon together and call them the Goofy Challenge. The half was on Saturday and the marathon Sunday, making for a tough two-day double.

Then they realized, in an obvious way that only Disney would, that they could stretch out the magic by a few more days, add a 5k on Thursday and 10k on Friday, and call it the Dopey Challenge if you completed all 4 races. More money in their pocket and more medals for you.

Anyway, the interesting thing about this whole process was that, despite nobody from our group ever having done this challenge, Sean wasn't the only one who was - Ryan Stasiowski was racing as well!

Rather than fill it with fluff, I'll get to the point. Stas finished 2nd overall in the Dopey Challenge standings we believe, as he closed things out with a 2:48:22 marathon. Meanwhile the Prime Minister of Swag, Sean Caskey, fell ill following the Thursday 5k and overcame this sickness by doing an around-the-world at EPCOT and closing his weekend out with a 2:55:13 marathon - pretty awesome all things considered. We think he was 7th in the overall standings.

Great job to both, but Stasiowski took this event way serious and Caskey had fun, took fun pictures and entertained, so he won that week's Purple Drink Athlete of the Week.

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